Essay on Piaget 's Theory Of Cognitive Development

873 Words Nov 29th, 2014 4 Pages
Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development
Jonathan Kunz
National University

Abstract
This assignment will briefly discuss Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development. It will provide a brief history about Piaget as a teenager and his interest on working with children. It will briefly describe the four stages of cognitive development. It will provide examples of children in the Preoperational stage and the Concrete Operational stage in and out of the school setting. This essay will expand on the examples discussed and explain how the examples fit into Piaget’s theory of cognitive development.

Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development
What is cognitive development? Woolfolk states that cognitive development, “refers to changes in thinking, reasoning, and decision making” (p.30, 2013). For the latter part of the twentieth century, Piaget’s theory has been a staple in the area of cognitive development. Singer and Revenson mention that, “Piaget defined intelligence as an individual’s ability to cope with the changing world through continuous organization and reorganization of experience” (p.13. 1996).
Young Piaget
From an early age, Jean Piaget was a noted researcher. As a teenager, Piaget had numerous scientific papers published on mollusks, and was offered prestigious positions such as the curator of the mollusk collection at the Museum of Natural History Geneva (Woolfolk, p.42, 2013). Notably, Piaget worked on tests for children. Woolfolk…

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